IS 187's History

In 1923, the building, which is now known as IS 187, opened as an elementary school named PS 187. It later became the Bay Ridge High School Annex. The Bay Ridge High School Annex closed and this building became an office building for District 20.

In 1994, District 20 reopened the building as an Intermediate School 187. Soon after, the students and staff voted to name the school after Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, a teacher from New Hampshire who was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. McAuliffe died in 1986 in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

In 1995, the school divided into the three academies: Academy for Arts and Humanities, Academy for Scientific Research and Academy for Global Communications (renamed in 2012 to the Academy or Business and Law).

Although the school always included gifted and talented classes, in September 2004, IS 187 became a middle school for gifted and talented students.


School emblem: Our school emblem was designed by Ilia Javorankov from our first graduating class (1997) and Ms. Duanna Kempton, Art Teacher at IS 187.

School Colors: Green & White

School Mascot: The Explorers

School Song: Christa McAuliffe Alma Mater

Christa McAuliffe, Beacon of Light

Home of our learning,

Shining so bright

Our Alma Mater

Standing so tall

Guiding us onward

Heeding our call

We’ll hold your memories

As the years pass by

And look to the future

Oh, Christa McAuliffe

With a great tradition

Of recognition

We stand in glory

With you.

Original School Emblem

The emblem was updated